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premature-baby
Our sweet, tenacious daughter was born on 6 May 2016 at 26 weeks gestation – 14 weeks too soon – and tipping the scales at a mere 620g. She was delivered via an emergency C-Section at 7:30am due to my preeclampsia (diagnosed at 22 weeks) progressing into HELLP syndrome. We...
mom-with-newborn-baby
“It would be easy, they said.” “What is there to it? Just feed them and let them sleep.” “I can’t wait to dress it up in cute little outfits and take Anne Geddes inspired photos ALL day long!” “They are so cute you just want to cuddle all day.” “I am never going...
choice-to-breastfeed-or-formula-feed
In honour of Human Rights Month in March, meet ethicists who are worried that the government’s pro-breastfeeding policies impinge on certain constitutionally guaranteed freedoms – and another ethicist plus a nutrition academic who disagree. Legislation around our food is governed in South Africa by the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act...
baby-ear-hearing-otitis
Otitis media, or middle ear infections, are extremely common among children. Parents find themselves continuously making appointments with their GP or ENT, and grappling with the age-old conundrum – antibiotics or grommets? What is otitis media? Middle ear infections (otitis media) is a middle ear inflammation, which involves fluid in the...
mom-bottle-feeding-her-baby
In the past 20 years there has been a massive global push for mothers to exclusively breastfeed their newborns for the first six months of their lives. The science suggests this is a good way to improve their children’s later development. There has also been a large body of research...
liquid-gold-breast-milk
Breast milk is incredibly beneficial and nutritious for your growing cherub. Known as liquid gold, that source of nourishment does not stop there. There are myriad immunity-boosting benefits to mother’s milk both medicinally and cosmetically. This natural medicine fights parasites, bacteria and viruses with the bonus of being a free...
mother-breastfeeding-her-child
We know breastfeeding protects infant and maternal health, saves the economy money, and, once it’s going smoothly, can be simpler, easier and cheaper than having to prepare formula. But getting to a place where it feels “smooth and easier” can be tough. Although many women start off breastfeeding many...
hiv-newborn-baby
The largest number of HIV-exposed but uninfected children are in South Africa. Shutterstock Amy Slogrove, Stellenbosch University; Kathleen M. Powis, Harvard Medical School, and Mary-Ann Davies, University of Cape Town One of the most remarkable public health successes of the last decade in southern Africa has seen a reduction in the number...
newborn-baby
It is fairly impossible to write a generalised medical article about prematurity. Every prem baby has a different story, a different path and a different outcome. The ones who are expected to face complications often sail through, and the ones who ought to do well land up experiencing setbacks. There’s...
premature-baby
Bruche De Bruin is a huge fan of the BabyYumYum Facebook page and website. She reveals how informative and helpful she found the #1 parenting portal, in particular, the notes on breastfeeding and the importance thereof. This is why … The moment we found out we were pregnant, we were...
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